FYi Community Support

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As one of Canada's largest and fastest growing eye care providers, FYidoctors is committed to helping provide quality eye care to the less fortunate in our communities at both the local and international level. 

FYidoctors Not-for-Profit Support

FYidoctors currently supports the following not-for-profit organizations:

FYidoctors Community Initiatives

FYidoctors also supports several community initiatives, including:

Optometry Giving Sight

According to the World Health Organization, as many as 600 million people around the world struggle with blindness or vision impairment simply because they don’t have access to an eye exam or corrective eyewear.

Optometry Giving Sight is a global not-for-profit organization that’s chosen to take on this far-reaching health issue by training local eye care professionals, establishing vision centres in critical areas and delivering eye care and eyewear to those without access.

FYidoctors is a proud Platinum Sponsor of Optometry Giving Sight, with FYidoctors CEO Dr. Al Ulsifer currently serving as a member of the organizations’ Board of Directors. FYidoctors locations also participate in several fundraising initiatives on behalf of Optometry Giving Sight, including the World Sight Day Challenge.

World Sight Day Challenge

World Sight Day is an annual day of awareness held in October to focus global attention on blindness and vision impairment. This unique day is supported by Optometry Giving Sight and a variety of other eye health organizations around the world. The goal is to raise much-needed funds to support local and international vision care projects.

FYidoctors not only participates in the World Sight Day Challenge, but also raises funds throughout the month of October, with FYidoctors’ staff and patients having raised tens of thousands of dollars in donations over the past few years to help train new doctors in developing countries, screen at-risk children and build local schools of optometry.

To learn more about Optometry Giving Sight and the World Sight Day Challenge, please visit their website at:

The FYi Foundation for Sight

fyifoundationlogoThe FYi Foundation for Sight is the philanthropic eye care platform of FYidoctors dedicated to improving access to eye care and corrective vision needs for underserved patients around the world.

Our support is primarily through partnerships with international charities, including Optometry Giving Sight and the Foundation Fighting Blindness. Any donations given to FYidoctors are allocated to the "FYidoctors Flow Through Fund" (overseen by the Calgary Foundation), which redirects these funds to
philanthropic initiatives and charitable partners FYidoctors supports.

The Foundation Fighting Blindness

The Foundation Fighting Blindness is a Canadian health not-for-profit organization that was founded in 1974 by a small group of families intent on finding a cure for the disease robbing their children of sight. Today, the Foundation Fighting Blindness has grown to become Canada's leading private supporter of retina research, having given more than $25 million to ground breaking eye research taking place at universities and hospitals across the country.

FYidoctors is a proud partner of the Foundation Fighting Blindness, providing both financial support and resources to aid this incredible organization'’s ongoing efforts. For more information on the Foundation Fighting Blindness, visit 

Better Sight. Better Grades.

According to the Canadian Association of Optometrists, over 25% of school age children have vision problems. Unfortunately, each year in Canada, thousands of students go undiagnosed and untreated for even the most basic vision problems, with studies showing a direct correlation between poor eye health and poor performance at school or in other areas of a student's life.

As one of Canada’s largest independent eye care companies, FYidoctors believes in helping Canadian students see their full potential. That's why we've created the Better Sight. Better Grades. program. The idea behind the program is simple: the optometrists and staff at FYidoctors are reaching out to schools in their communities to help identify two potentially underprivileged students at each school who may be experiencing vision problems and potentially in need of new glasses. FYidoctors is offering a complimentary pair of eyeglasses* to each of these two students when they come and get an eye exam**, with no cost or obligation to the student, their parents or the school.

For more information on the Better Sight. Better Grades. program, contact the FYidoctors home office at:

* Eye exams are covered by provincial health care for children under 20 years of age in ONT, under 19 in BC, AB and MB, under 18 in SK and under 10 in NS. FYidoctors will cover the cost of the eye exam (for this program only) for children under 18 years of age in provinces that do not offer coverage and for children between the ages 10-18 in NS.

** Each complimentary pair of glasses includes an FYidoctors private or exclusive label frame and Value Plus lenses. See in store for details. Non-prescription sunglasses and contact lenses do not apply. Offer only valid with eye exam. Complimentary eyewear is non-transferrable and cannot be redeemed for cash. Offer expires at the end of the school year.

Mighty Peace Day

Inspired by the Free the Children Foundation's “We Day”, Mighty Peace Day is an annual celebration held in Grande Prairie, Alberta designed to inspire today’s youth to be proactive and try to find solutions to some of the social, environmental and health issues currently facing our world. The event includes music, internationally renowned speakers, youth advocates and more.

As the official Presenting Sponsor of Mighty Peace Day, FYidoctors has been instrumental in bringing thousands of young people from across Alberta to take part in this incredible event.

Similar to We Day, Grande Prairie youth will not be able to buy tickets to Mighty Peace Day. Instead they have to earn access by volunteering or raising funds to make a positive change locally, nationally or globally.

To learn more about Mighty Peace Day, visit the official website at:



Donations to the FYi Foundation for Sight and additional charities FYidoctors supports can be made either online or by phone.

Donate Online

To donate to the FYi Foundation for Sight online (and receive instantaneous electronic charitable tax receipts for donations of $25.00 and greater), complete the following steps:

  • Step 1: Visit our online donation page.
  • Step 2: Type in FYidoctors under “Option 1”
  • Step 3: Follow the remaining prompts to complete your donation.

Please note that VISA and MasterCard are accepted and that charitable tax receipts are issued only to the person/organization whose name is on the credit card.

Donate by Phone

If you do not wish to donate online, you can also call: (403) 802-7700 and provide your credit card information to an FYidoctors representative.

Please do not leave your credit card information on the voice mail system.

Thank You to Our Donors

We would like to take this time to thank all of the incredibly generous donors who have supported the FYi Foundation for Sight over the years and we look forward to your continued support in the years ahead.